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E W Cocks Balloon Over Cliffs, Dover, Kent, 1840, oil on canvas, 191⁄4×161⁄4in (49×41cm)

As seen in the skies

This summer’s exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy explores how, for four hundred years, British artists have recorded our ongoing fascination with wind and flying creatures. Focus is placed on developments from each of these four centuries, with works from Constable, Turner, Ravilious and Paul Nash to contemporary artists Peter Randall-Page, Liz Butler and Stephen Jacobson among those represented.

Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768–2017 is at Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1PX until September 3. Admission is £6.95, concessions £4.95. Telephone 0117 973 5129;

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About The Artist

Welcome to our summer issue packed with ideas and tips for painting outside, including Paul Weaver's demonstration showing how to capture the spirit of the seaside in watercolour. Watercolourists will also love Paul Talbot-Greaves' focus on how to use neutral and dark colours to add impact to your paintings, Julie Collins' advice on using ultramarine blue, and our review of the fabulous exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are inspirational features on mastering perspective, capturing a likeness of a family member in oils, painting the figure alla prima, how to create movement in wildlife paintings in acrylics, and why you should consider the use of digital technology to support your traditional painting methods. Our artists also share their views on the new Winsor & Newton professional canvases and Jaxell's extra fine pastels, while our cover artist, Eileen Cooper OBE, RA talks about her own work, as well as the organisation and decision making behind this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All this and much more to inspire a summer of successful drawing and painting!